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Card Table

ca. 1775
Origin: America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
OH:29 1/2"; OW:35 1/2"; OD: 18"
Mahogany with white pine.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1930-118
Card table, Serpentine top with turreted front corners unfolds; leaf is supported by leg at left that swings out from back. Long drawer in front with brass handles with round backplates at either end; keyhole escutcheon in center. Front and sides of skirt straight; gadrooned moulding nailed to base. Four straight unmoulded Marlborough legs, chamfered on inner corners; plinths at base.
Label:The Philadelphia cabinetmaker's price book of 1772 listed forms similar to this example as "Card tables with Marlborough feet." The addition of drawers, braces, or brackets, carved moldings, or chamfered tops raised the price. This mahogany table with a drawer and carved moldings would have cost £4. Because of the time and specialized knowledge needed for carving, the addition of moldings was worth one-quarter of the total price.
Provenance:EX COLL. Louis G. Myers
Mark(s):"7778" on drawer sides in pencil and ink